I am usually busy throughout the day, so often my best reading times are just before sunrise, alone, with a cup of coffee. So at that dark hour I have been looking over a book by S. K. Bain called The Most Dangerous Book in the World: 9/11 as Mass Ritual.
How did I end up at this end of the spectrum of 9/11? Well, as I moved away from the Christian Alternative Media, I noted a Doug Hagmann interview of Rebekah Roth which was conducted in April 2017, and from there took a closer look at one of the endorsers of her book, Barbara Honegger, a former Reagan White House insider.
In the Seattle Truthers’ 9/11 video featuring Honegger, she lays down a foundational power point at the beginning, referencing the Project for the New American Century’s paper, Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces, and Resources For a New Century. This rather dull, over generalized, piece of writing, has been presented as a key component in the 9/11 Truthers’ arsenal. It would seem that an argument was presented in 2000 that a new Pearl Harbor was necessary to provide the impetus for a sustained build up of our military. And in the same manner that the Protocols of Zion have been presented as “proof” of the Illuminati game plan, so this paper has been put forth as “proof” of the methodology and strategy behind the 9/11 events.
So here is our stopping off point on this journey and why we are going to examine The Most Dangerous Book in the World: 9/11 as Mass Ritual. On the back cover we read this paragraph linking the author to the PNAC organization: “S. K. Bain is the former art director of The Weekly Standard magazine, where he worked with William Kristol, Fred Barnes, David Brooks, Tucker Carlson and others for over five years. During part of that time, the Project for the New American Century shared offices with the publication, and next door was the Philanthropy Roundtable, where Bain art directed for Philanthropy magazine. The Roundtable at that point was under the leadership of John P. Walters, who went on to become President George W. Bush’s Drug Czar.”
There is a sort of Alice in Wonderland connection between an author who decides to write a book interpreting the occult symbolism of 9/11 as “Mass Ritual”, and the fact that office space was shared with the Project for the New American Century. And given that the subject matter of 9/11 as a mass ritual fits in with the underlying motif at Tracking the Leopard Meroz, which is subtitled The Wisdom, Madness and Folly of Satan’s Sacrifices….a book review seems in order.
The Most Dangerous Book in the World-9/11 as Mass Ritual was copyrighted in 2012 and published by Trine Day LLC out of Walterville, OR. I had previously, in this blog, reviewed another one of their publications, Expendable Elite: One Soldier’s Journey Into Covert Warfare by Lieutenant Colonel USASF (Ret.) Daniel Marvin. That true story involved the attempted CIA assassination of a Special Forces operation group in Vietnam that refused to take part in an illegal operation.
The Prologue of Bain’s book was written by Peter Levenda in July 2012, and is titled, Knock, Knock in reference to the act of requesting entrance into the meeting places of secret brotherhoods. He begins, “It was inevitable that this book would be written. There is, among conspiracy aficionados, a kind of brotherhood. (I use the gender-specific term “brotherhood” deliberately.) It is a brotherhood buried alive. What does that mean?”
Levenda says that his use of the term brotherhood is gender specific, meaning it excludes female participants. So good-bye Rebekah Roth and Barbara Honegger! We are entering into the male dominated world of conspiracy and occult enthusiasts.
His second paragraph begins, “Imagine a person buried alive”. My mind comes to a complete halt upon reading this, as back in February 2002 I had a very strange personal experience involving such a scenario. I was living in Denton, Texas at the time, and one day when I went to Walmart I was overcome with an overwhelming sense of fear in the parking lot. This same sense of fear hit me on 3 occasions over a week, at that same locality. I wondered why, as I could not see any rational reason for it.
Across the street from Walmart, a new shopping center called Denton Crossing was undergoing site preparation. As it turned out, after huge holes had been unearthed by a bull dozer, a man who was a soil engineer went down to get soil samples as required. He was buried alive as tons of soil dropped on him, while he was at the bottom of a hole, apparently unnoticed by anyone. It was a horrific scene to contemplate. His wife had not known why he had not come home in the evening. As all possible reasons for his disappearance were examined, they began to be haunted by the impossible…and so they dug his lifeless body out of the ground. What personally struck me was that my sense of horror across the street from this locality did not come after the event, but days before. I was left wondering what exactly I had perceived in my spirit.
Levenda, after saying, “Imagine a person buried alive”, tells the reader, “Imagine yourself…”. He discusses the ritual and symbolic “slain, burial, and raised again” initiatory programs around the world, but does not mention the case of the life and death of Jesus Christ, who was both man and God, and the only reason why occultists throughout the centuries have attempted through ritual to gain the power of His resurrection by God.
Peter Levenda says this ritual is “a liminal event: you are on the threshold of living and dying, and in that sacred spot you can see in both directions”. Liminal means threshold and refers to that sensory, barely perceptible threshold which is crossed when going through a doorway. I presume that “seeing in both directions” is an oblique reference to the initiatory process which turns a double-minded man into a Double Headed Eagle.
At this point I must insert an observation I had made when scanning the first part of this book on 9/11 as a mass ritual. The author displays 5 full page photos of tarot cards, and when I saw that two of these cards were the same, but from two different decks, my curiosity was piqued. In order, these cards are: Tower card 16 from the Rider-Waite deck, Tower card 16 from an unknown deck with the word Trumps across the bottom, Devil card 15, Death card 13, and The Star card 17. The total equals 77, a number which the author devotes much space to interpreting.
So if the author, S. K. Bain is playing number games with his illustrations, we ought to be observing where he is incorporating the Tarot into his work in a hidden manner.
And why not see what is not mentioned in the Prologue written by Lavenda using the knock, knock attempt to gain Gnosis by crossing a threshold of a doorway to a secret brotherhood. Oh, that act just happens to be represented by Tarot Card 2. He also makes comments about the author which declares Bains to be a 21st century Kabbalist, and of course that would represent Tarot card I, the Magician.
Peter Levenda quotes Robert Anton Wilson on his concept of consensus reality. But here is an interesting side quote which Wilson had noted in his book, The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles, as being spoken by Sigismundo Celine, saying, “Is”, “is’, “is”–the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don’t know what anything “is”, I only know how it seems to me at this moment.
It reminds me of Bill Clinton’s manner of justification for his White House intern tryst…. when he protested, whatever Is is. It is also of interest that Neuro-linguistic programming is called a Magic Operation by its originators and has as one of its key features, the attempt to eliminate from the human language all references to a state of being. Out goes words like be, is, am, etc. which reference the existence of something real which was created by the Creator.
We see that this same attitude of rebellion, that of the creature against the Creator, is inherent in this “consensus reality” which Levanda claims is a manmade social contract, the “We obey the laws that are created by other people….”. There is nothing suggested by Levenda that the foundation of many laws are from the Holy Bible and given for our benefit. Even the Declaration of Independence acknowledges natural rights that come from our Creator. Levanda says that conspiracy theorists have one foot in the world of “consensus reality” and the other foot in “the darker mechanisms of reality“. As usual, in this Alternative Truther Universe, reference is made to those who are asleep and those who are awake.
Noting those persons who go beyond the 9/11 evidence to acknowledge the “transcendental sources of power”, Peter Levenda adds, “This involves studying their texts, their social structures, their stated goals, their secret conclaves, their antinomian beliefs and practices. One comes face to face with the Occult. A strange journey, indeed, from a presidential assassination to an interview with the Devil”.
His words are the prologue to a book and so twice, Levenda identifies the author, S. K. Bain as the 21st century Kabbalist, “we have been waiting for, and this —The Most Dangerous Book in the World—may prove to be his Sepher Yetzir, his Zohar, his Liber 777. What he is saying is that Bain, as the Magician, has created his own grand grimoire, and I suppose the readers of such are being led down the road of the initiated in the dark arts.
Finally, Peter Levenda concludes, “Whether or not you believe in a conspiracy surrounding 9/11 is not really important. The nature of Bain’s argument is such you will find your mind expanded by the new possibilities, the arcane possibilities lurking behind political and historical events. By choosing to see 9/11 as a ritual on a massive scale, we paradoxically may better be able to understand it, to accommodate its message on a psychological –even spiritual–level as we approach the end of 2012 and the birth of a new aeon.”
S. K. Bain thought he had a predictive gift based on his own occult knowledge and could read the future of 2012, the year of the so-called birth of a new aeon. This fictional predictive work was called, The Next 9/11? 2012: Black Christmas, and forms the second half of his book. In hindsight, he was wrong, but he gets out of being called a false prophet, by calling it fiction. Knowing human nature, we presume that if he had been right, surely he would have triumphed in the level of his magical skills, and felt himself a prophet.
One last word on Prologue writer, Peter Levenda, who was accused of being the man behind the pen name Simon who wrote The Gates of the Necronomicon. The book is copyrighted under Levenda’s name, as shown above. But he says he is not the author Simon, only the front man. This is strange business. See this link for an explanation from Levenda.
Under the Acknowledgements page of the 9//11 as Mass Ritual book, S. K. Bain notes two books on which he bases much of his interpretations. These are Prophet of Evil: Aleister Crowley, 9/11 and the New World Order by William Ramsey, and Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare by Michael A. Hoffman II. Overall, Bain has not written a scholarly work, and so I am dismayed that he lifts so much material from that brilliant researcher and scholar, Michael Hoffman II.
S. K. Bain has a very bizarre comment in the Acknowledgements page which I quote here: “Lastly, I would like to express my deepest regrets to Nermal, the “forever kitten,” who didn’t survive the writing process due to a massive failure of patience on the part of the author late one night. PETA notice: animals were harmed during the production of this work”. There is a Tarot Card for Sacrifice, only it does not involve cats, but shows a man hanging upside down, as in the photo Bain uses to illustrate the jumpers from the Twin Tower buildings.
In Part II, I will explore Section One, called The Production.